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Bieber pulled into political mess in Israel

April 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Justin Bieber's trip to Israel is turning out to be a big headache after the teen pop star was pulled into Middle Eastern politics.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Bieber asked for a meeting. Netanyahu reportedly wanted to include kids from a Gaza Strip community that's been under rocket fire.

Israeli media said the meeting was called off because Bieber didn't want to meet with the kids.

However, the singer's spokeswoman denies a meeting was ever in the works.

His fans there say they're disappointed the trip has taken on a political tone instead of just being about the music.

Bieber has also complained about the paparazzi in Israel following him everywhere, even to holy places.

Because of all the attention, Bieber said he's going to stay inside his Tel Aviv hotel until his concert Friday night.